FEBRUARY i, The group of Sisters on the First page represents the Congre- gation of American Sisters, established at Fort Berthold, Elbow Woods, P. N- Dakota- [Rev. Father Craft has this to say:) The. Congregation of American Sisters, the first religious order of Indians, was founded in 1891 by Rev. Mother Mary Catharine Pte- sanwanvakapi, a full blood Indian, the daughter of Joseph Crow-Feath- er ( Kangi Wiyaka,) of the Hun- kpapn tribe of the Dakotas. The purpose of the ordei' is not to limit its labors to any one field, but to undertake any work found necessary among Indians, whites and other races. The Sisters, on entering the order, renounced, tribal relations, and became citizens of the United States. • In their Work, on Indian reservations, they conduct schools and hospitals, instruct the Indians in their, homes, h societies, attend the sick -in their homes, as physicians, as well as nurses, and cooperate with Government and its officials in the work of Indian civilization. The order is incorporated under the laws of .the State of North Dakota, u.der the legal title Congregation of A nieri can Sisters. The principle su- periors of the order are; Rev. Moth- er Ligouri, C. A. S. Prioress Gener- al; Rev. M. Francis Regis, C. A. S. Assistant Prioress; Rev. Mother M. Bridget, C....A. S. Prioress of the Mother house; Rev. Mother M. Ger- trude, C. A. S. Subprioress. The great success so quicklv at- tained by this order of Sisters, proves that Indians are equal to whites in, intelligence and capability. & that they can, if they wish, by a de termined effort, step at once from the transition state to progressive l.Jktf. FORT TOTTEN. h wr.s a real pleasure for us to read and re.e.d the iuie: osthio- let- ters from Ruse Bud and Pine Ridge Schools in the January number. It will be nothing new to tell you that We have had very cold, stormy leather here and man'. hi z/.ards. as ■■••.- -•'-, pose you have Lad your share also. The first of February »»> the name day of our good Sister Suoe a very line pleasant day, for, we ex 1 ected S'.methi: g extra. After o."- fering her"our greeii; gs and good wishes for a happy fe..tt- !» v and partaking of a hearty dinner we en- joyed a glorious sleigh ride of twelve miles on the Lake, After our return we thu tilted the good in diar.s who procured us the pie sure by loudly bringing their teams. We continued to amuse ourselves vvi.li gam.stiilO. P. M. We hope the soring months will brir-g its mors : ' ■ ■ .■-■■; ' lv, more, interesting news from 1 r school and reservation, lo send to our South 1 lakota f. -lends. civilization The secret of their suc- cess may be told in one word, — "A- merican." When Indians, — the real Americans, — unite American energy and patriotism with Catholic faith, and work in union with their American Government and their American fellow-citizens, thev can- not fail, and must succeed in ©yery progressive work. HOLY ROSARY MISSION: S. D. Dec. 7, 1896. Dea. Rev. Father Jerome:. — With the greatest, pleasure: 1 will today compose a little letter and tell you all the news that 1 know in this section of Pine Ridge Reser- vation. Well 1 am glad to say th.it all inmates of the Mission are enjoving good health. Rev. Father Jutz who was the Superior of this school last year was called to Boston as Rector of Holy Trinity church, and now Rev. Father Bosch is conduetino- onr institution. He is verv kind ami tries all he can to make us happy and content. He bought a rifle for the boys and my brother has o- e too, and so we go hunting in the woods sometimes. I shot three rab- bits and six quails already and once us which we relish very milch. Two . ig(> we had very nnii-li snow but ii h s all melted and it is very muddy. Our sport coast ii g down the hill.- fs at ill e'i rl jus! now, but the skating is fine, iht ire is nice and sleek and »e have a j . d I \ time in >le ivee'--. A very unusual oceimiuoe on the prairie. The wind mills could not 1 Uinta any water and so we had to gel onr water from the creek. Brother carpenter and mason are digging h well in the Sis fcera' yard.; they have reached water and so much that it 1ms to be pump- .ed out so that tliev can continue di,ir work. St. Jose. Ii's and St. Marx's socie- ties are getting along very well. They have meetings nearly every .Sunday. 1 heard they are Collect- ing money for Christmas. Several Indian women are being instructed and will soon receive holy Baptism and ujl] join St. Mary's society. is quite a number of members : re 1 ii . ; f toinp ■: « Is tl are gpi'ig to c ufessioh and to Holy Communion. The chief -'of Y is dtjnr, White thinks that he will not live many 1 - ai i more. My aunt is very sick too, Rev. Father Bosch and 1 went to see her last Saturday. At present we are rehearsing SQtlgS, and or- Ctieitlg dialogues for Christmas. Some of lis nlav diffe eut instrume. ts in a Pvnuihon which two girls accompany on tl piano. I will plav a March on the at our little 6! terlainme.nt. We are all glad Christmas is near at hand. Oh! how beautiful it. will look to see the image's of our divine Savior in the cribs, streching His little hands to us and reminding us of IPs boundless love. We expect nice Christmas presents, for two Sis teis went to Omaha to buy some. Dear Rev. Father, this is all I can think of; sending mv best regards I shot at a big fat prairie chicken: to the Eya'npaha and its readers, but I got so excited that I missed it. J remain Your grateful bov, The good Sister cooks our game for j R Q 0LH0F „ A MIRACULOUS CUKE ON FIRST C0MMUNH1N DAY. IN Ober-Wesel, noli far fo , : Bingeu on the Rhine, cher lived :i girl of thirteen years who. on ac- count of a disease, had been unable to stand-- much less wall., for nine teen months. On July !>6, 1867, she receiver! iivly Comrnu: ion in the parish church. The sink child was driven there in a little carriage and wjis later carried to the (Jommuuion rail. When, ai the conclusion of the ceremony; her father went to take or by the arm to carry her home, she no longer needed his assistance, for .another had bellied her. The little one stood in the mid- dle Of the church, healthy and sound, and raised a cry of joy such as the old walls had never yet heard. Af- ter a most fervent thanksgiving, in which all present united with God's favored child, she went home sup- ■■' 1 hei parents*'. In theeveuiug she no longer -ee led- any help, but went out in sheet alone. The whole city". v. ed the most cordial interest in the happy family. Thus God is pleased continual- ly to perform miracles through the Most Holv Sacrament and in this way to manifest His love, and since He shows Himself so ready to even bodily evils, mav we not pect everything from Him in holv tabernacle. heal ex- the A FIRST COMMUNICANT CON- VERTS HER FATHER. A pious girl was accepted for First Communion. Full of jov, she hastened home to her father and told him of her great, happiness, adding: "Dear father, since so great a happi- ness awaits me I hope you, too, will grant me a favor " "Most gladly, mv dear child, will I do anything for you, only tell me what it is you desire of me." •Twill tell you," answered the child, -'when you have promised me that vou will do it," FEBRUARY i. '•But," returned the father, '-if the fulfilment of your wishes be not in inv power — " ••Yes, \ os, dear fattier, you can easil v do it," said she. Finally her Father gave the un- conditional promise. -Dear father,*' continued she, in a childlike and affectionate manner, -dear father, you must make mv happiness ootn- ple.-e: you must go with me to ho- le Communion. It is a long time since \ou have made your Easter dut\ ■; remember that van might die suddenly and then where would you go?" — "1 -x i 1 1 see about it,"' an- swered the surprised father. ■■No, no, vou have promised me, and vou must keep your word; and I will not let this Lent, which is given us as a time of preparation, pass without insisting npo:i and praying for it; you must go with me!" On his child's First Communion dav, the father humbly knelt at the Communion rail, and after many v ears' absence once more- received liolv Communion. the neck of her parents and sister, weeping for joy, and exclaimed: "Dear father, dear mother!" The multitude saw and heard what had taken place, and praised and thanked God, MIRACULOUS CUBE OF A DEAF AND DUMB GIRL. Teresa Kruse, a ten year old girl of Uriisberg, 'Westphalen, had the misfortune to lose her speech a: due; ring during a severe sick- liess. AH efforts of the doctor to cute her were fruitless. She had earlv been well instructed and now her 'knowledge could be increased l„d\ bv the aid of sign-, but parti c.uWK by her slate. A pious disposition displayed itself nn.ro a- d more in the child, hi the meantime, Teresa, who had ;v.,i ■ A-. 1 tdeageof 14-. ardently long- ed For her First Communion, for which she carefnllv. yes, holilv, prepared herself, and whereby she confidently hoped to obtain her cure. -The great dav, August 26, 1835, arrived. Her fervor was exemnlarv and affect- iug When die Sacred I lost touched her tongue, she heard the sound of the organ and said aloud: "My Lord and my God!" Returning to her place, she fell noon her knees: tears of joy were " flowing from her eyes, whilst the iones of the organ and die sweet si. iin. .g sounded louder and more cdearly in her ears. When she left the church she ., -reeve 1 her yoinimnions and fell on THE CAT AND THE MONKEY. A MONKEY one dav stole some chestnuts and put them into the hot ashes and embers to roast; but when done, finding them too hot for him to touch, persuaded a cat to assist him in getting them out, promising half of the nuts. At first she declined; at last overcome bv his persuation, and tempted b\ the gain, she put her paw into the fire, and got out the chestnuts. But she burned herself verv badlv, and while she was lamenting over her misfor tune, the cunning monkev gathered up all the nuts and ran off with them. Moral.-— Never let wicked com- panions tempt you to do that wliich wro- g. even with the prospect of gain; for nothing ca i rej.ro v vou for the loss of « clear conscience. Your own knowledge of having commit- ted a fault will ■ ii ■■at. 11. Iv Rosarv Ma-sinu, Dec. 9, 1896. Dear R v. Fat in Jrrome;— Today T will wsite to .you foi tic- fLst time and I will tell you all about the Mission. Rev. Fa- iher Ju'.z left the Mission in July and when 1 heard ii 1 wa> v< ry sorry because I didn't s<c hsm b. fo c he ivc.i. In the latter i art «£ Oct. .he.' we had a 1) tie. picnic and we lad a nice time. These arc ah >ut*i.u;ety girls and seven. ty boys here. R v Mother Cecilia and girls and b VS were all n ttic f out yarn to greet the.tl, a: A she stayed i ere a we, k. N vvmbi r the twenty recoml we We aim had a n ce tl'iu ' on Thanks- giving-day a: d in the evening th.ej showed pictures in the hall. Yesterday we ceh brat, d li.e Feast at the Tin macu- late Conception (f the Blessed Virgin Mary and some gi.ls and Woroi tl and men went to Holy ( Inminm.iiv. Dear Rev. Fat: er. I can not :<■]! you imici .so f will close wisl ice; yriu a Me.ry Christ- uiasauda Happy New ?.«•-, That is all I have to fay for this limn f remain Your loving friend ,1 ESKTJS .TtUUPJNr.-KAGPE. [ Holy Rosarv Mission, 8. JD. Dec 9th 1896. Dear Rev. Father Jerome;— As we have not written to you for a long time, I thought I would write a few lines to you today, We are all well at the Mission, and I hope you are the same. I will first tell you about the Congress. There were many people here. Our Rt, Rev. Bishop Marty, Rev. Father Digmann. Father Zahm and two Fathers from Standing Rock, Father Francis and Fa- ther Bernard were here too. Many peo- ple went to confession and received Holy Communion and many were confirmed. It was a grand sight to see the people go to Holy Communion. Our Chapel was too small for them all. It was very lonesome here after all the people went home again. Rev. Father Jutz went to Boston and Rev. Father Bosch is here at Holy Rosary Mission now. Rev. Fa- ther Superior from Buffalo was here not very long ago and Ven. Mo. her Cecilia from Buffalo came to visit us too, and we had a l.tfle entertainment for her. We are going to have a nice time at Christmas. I will now close my letter with a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, dear Rev. Father. 1 remain Your affectionate child LdZZIE CoLKOFF. ' b\ DEGREES. DO you think you can be very good 11 in a minute, even though yon have .sked Cod to forgive you your sine, and to send you help to do better? There is such a thing as growth, in goodness as in plants; and if you really want to be a strong young tree in the garden of the Lord, you must be content to pa: s through many stages, and wait for many suns and many show- ers, and even thou you have not yet reached your full size. Do you understand me? You can be a little good directly, for you can try to be good. But do not be disappointed if you fail or sit .down to say rebelliously, "I have tried, and I was good for a little while, and now 1 am naughty again, so it is no use praying or trying any more." Such thoughts are always sent by the wicked one to discourage you. He wants you to give up goodness altogether. He hales to see you trying ever so little. Rather lift, up your head after a fit. of naughtiness and say: "I am still a little ... an! in God's garden, and although leaves are soiled with sin and earthli- nerp. lie can warn them with His show- ers, and brigi. ten them with His sun. if 1 nuly look up to Him and do not de- spair and sh.k still deep, rmtot! e earth," "But I want to be very good, a very strong young tree in God's garden," says some hopeful child. Well, it is a good wish, only remem- ber, r.o hurry! The best fruit takes the longest to ripen; and remember, you are happier than the fruit, in that you can help on your growth by meekly bending your head under the showers of God's correction and thanking Him for the sun of His love. ©S^Fort Totten, North Dakota, February, 9th- 1897;— Isidore Mniyo, Inyan Conkaske etanhan wowapi kaga wandakapi, de on tokata March wi kin enpnspewa- kiye kta. Dehan okan sni. EYANPAHA.^gir THE LOOKING-GLASS. MATILDA had a very hasty and passionate temper. Her mother endeavored in vain to correct this disposition, which seemed rather to increase in impetuosity. One day she was sitting at her work when her little brother came running in, and accidently upset work-box. At the sight of its con- tents rolling over the floor, Matilda rose from her seat, transported with Hirer; her eves sparkling with fury, the veins, in her forehead became swollen, and her whole countenance seemed on fire. At this moment, her mother, who had seen her anger rise, stepped behind her and held a lokincr gia..s before her face. Ma- tilda started with fright at the sight of her distorted countenance; her anger ceased, and she burst out cry- ing, "Do vou now see." said her mother: -how frightful a thing anger is, and how hideous it makes the hu- man figure? If you continue to in- dulge this passion, that terrible ex- pression which frightened you so,*- just now, will soon become fixed on vour face, which will lose every good feature." Matilda took this lesson to heart, and when she was tempted to be an- gry, thought of 'he looking-glass. In tune she became quite mild and oentle. Her excellent mother often said to her, 'dt is the same with other vices and virtues, hesid,- of anger and meekness: so that " 'Our countenance shows what passes within,— A fair face is often made ugly by sin;"